Trend alert: Strobing is the new contouring


Contouring has been around for a while now and we all love it, thanks to Kim Kardashian for making it popular. Sadly, it is intense and difficult to master and involves heavy blending of light and dark shades to create the illusion of more defined features. Fret no more, here’s everything you need to know about the latest anti-contouring technique: Strobing.

Popular in France, strobing is all about the natural dewy, glowing complexion and highlighting your natural features using highlighters. Strobing focuses on the areas where natural light hits on your face and applying a highlighter to amplify it. Ditch those expensive colour palettes and pick up a simple highlighter to master this art. Strobing is less time consuming and doesn’t make your face look cakey.


How to master strobing?

It’s all about brightening up your face and creating a dewy glow. Here’s how you can master the art of strobing with these easy steps.

Step 1 – Start by preparing your skin the right way. Add a little bit of luminizer into your moisturiser for a brighter look all over and then use a primer to neutralise redness or dark spots.

Step 2- Apply a lightweight illuminating foundation for even skin like YSL’s Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation.

Step 3- Apply a dash of blusher and keep rest of the makeup minimum and natural.

Step 4- Dab a highlighter (like Mac’s Strobe Cream or Benefit’s High Beam Highlighter) on the high points of your face where natural light hits the most, onto the apples of your cheeks, the bridge of your nose, centre of your forehead and your cupid’s bow to highlight the main areas of your face.

Step 5- Seal the luminosity with a translucent setting powder such as Nars light reflecting pressed setting powder.


You can also build up the intensity of the highlights by layering both cream and powder highlighters. Make sure that you blend the products well to avoid blobs of product.

Facing problems while buying a highlighter? Check out this article to help you know all about highlighters and the correct way to apply them.

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